Friday, July 25, 2014

One Week From Today!!!

How can it possibly be August next week already?! Fortunately, my Skye Blue edits are coming right along and the book will be on Amazon one week from today, on Friday August 1st! So excited to bring you this one! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rainbow Con 2015 - More Than Just Fiction

Hello, and welcome to Alexa Land's blog, which has temporarily been taken over by the folks of RainbowCon. If you haven't heard of us, the Rainbow Conference (aka RainbowCon) is a four-day conference taking place in Tampa, Florida July 16th through 19th next year. Four days of nothing but GLBTQ content geared toward bringing people together over artistic diversity. The first RainbowCon took place just this last April, and we're thrilled about putting on our second con.   The one big difference for the 2015 event is that we've expanded our programming. RainbowCon's first event took a relatively narrow approach, focusing entirely on the wonderful diversity of GLBTQ fiction, from sweet and adventurous YA books to stories on the fringes of the more adult-oriented genres. We had panels spanning the vastness of fiction to take on light and serious topics alike, but there were also workshops for aspiring or established writers and a couple fun events in the evenings. For our 2015 event, fiction is just the tip of the iceburg!  
  If you take a look at our schedule online, one of the first things you'll likely notice is that the topics vary widely. Here are a few sneak peeks!  
  • Fiction – Yes, it's true, we still have many panels devoted to fiction. From craft and industry panels to tropes, taboos, genre crossing, and handling criticism. In addition to the wide variety of panels (a couple of which will be making a second appearance from our first con), we have an entire room devoted to workshops throughout the extended weekend. Everything from taking the step from hobby to career to worldbuilding, action, dialogue, or writing awesome bad guys. If you want to add to your skill set as a writer, you're likely to find a workshop right up your alley.
  • Fandom – Because of the lower representation of QUILTBAG characters in various media, fandom is often where fans of television shows, movies, and/or fiction can find a bit more representation of our diverse community. Whether it's reading Between the Lines of Sherlock or Queering Middle-Earth with fellow Tolkien fans, there are plenty of opportunities to commiserate with other fans at RainbowCon. Sometimes, it's not just what was in the original media so much as the ripples it made in the community of fans that makes a character or plot so beloved.
  • Comics – This medium has an amazing impact due to the tantalizing combination of both storytelling and visual elements. Our Guests of Honor for 2015 are Alex Woolfson and Adam DeKraker, the creator and illustrator of The Young Protectors, an online comic surrounding GLBTQ themes and superheroes. The pair will share their knowledge in a few panels, and we have others celebrating the various comics that support the visibility of GLBTQ content online!
  • Television – From Star Trek to Xena: Warrior Princess to Queer as Folk, there's no doubt that television has had an incredible impact on the QUILTBAG community, both in terms of visibility and the perpetuating (and sometimes dismantling) of stereotypes. We have a broad spattering of panels that will take a look at the lasting effects of certain television genres as well as specific shows, both past and present.
  • Movies – Come on. Do we really have to tell you that we're also covering movies? While not all the panels single out individual titles, we'll hit upon topics such as Why Does the Gay Dude Die First?, the Appeal of the Fairy Tale Retelling, and even a lighthearted discussion of GLBT Movies That Sucked (And Some That Didn't). A little bit of everything!
  • Other Media – Other arts can certainly play a role in the QUILTBAG community, and RainbowCon wants to celebrate them as well! GLBTQ content on stage (theatre) and in music can completely captivate us. In addition to that, pop culture provides many instances of actors, musicians, and activists becoming icons, some outspoken and others whose lives in the past are still beloved. Whether you're a fan of Angels in America or know every lyric to RENT's “La Vie Boheme”, you'll have a place here!
  • Education – We're thrilled to also feature an entire track of panels and workshops aimed at educating con-goers on various topics, from dispelling bisexual myths and understanding genderqueer identity, to coming out and bullying, to queerbaiting and even getting kids reading. There are plenty of opportunities to learn a little something new or share your knowledge with others eager to know more. This part of the programming allows the con not only to be fun but to also make a potential impact.
  And, if you can believe it, that's still just a peek! We have activities for those who want to get crafty at the con, we have GLBTQ games available, and even a field trip out to our official charity, the Tampa Bay Big Cat Rescue. We know it's a lot of content, but we hope that everyone will find something to enjoy at the con. The very best thing about coming down to a con like ours is that, whether you identify within the QUILTBAG spectrum or just enjoy queer content in various media, you'll be coming to a safe space where you can express yourself, network, and make new friends. These are your people, this your community, and when we all come together, it really can be a once in a lifetime experience.  
  To learn more about RainbowCon, visit www.rainbowconference.org or follow along on Facebook or Twitter! Registration is now OPEN!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Checking In

Since my last post, I got to enjoy a wonderful two-week vacation with my kiddo and then got right back to work on Skye Blue. It's coming out in less than two weeks, on Friday August 1st!! I'm so excited to bring this one to my readers!

By the way, I mentioned a cocktail contest in my last post, and the winning recipe was posted on my Facebook page. It's also included at the very end of Skye Blue, along with a fun little bonus scene with Skye and Nana.

Counting the days until August 1st! :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cocktail Contest!

I recently posted a couple sneak previews of my next book, Skye Blue, for my facebook followers. In one of them, I introduced a currently fictitious cocktail. Let's just call it the BFC. I would tell you what that stands for, but my blog is all-ages, so I can't go there. ;)

I'm hosting a cocktail contest on my facebook page from now through Friday, June 20th. Let's invent the BFC! The only requirement is that the drink is pink, pinker the better! Come post your best BFC recipe to my wall for a chance to win a super fun BFC prize package!

If you're not already one of my facebook friends, you should join the fun! :) The link is in the upper right corner of this blog.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Skye Blue Release Date Announced!

As I announced in my interview at Prism Book Alliance, the sixth book in my Firsts and Forever Series will be available on Amazon Friday, August 1st, 2014! Here's a sneak peek at the cover:


Monday, June 9, 2014

Interview, Announcement and Giveaway!!

I'm on Prism Book Alliance today with an interview and a big announcement (hint: it has to do with when you can expect Skye Blue, the next book in my Firsts and Forever series). There's also a cover reveal! As if that wasn't enough, I'm giving away a $20 Amazon gift card, so be sure to leave a comment over there for a chance to win! :)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Recommended Read!

I was so happy to learn that Salvation had been named a Recommended Read by Prism Book Alliance! I'm in great company with some terrific authors. There's a giveaway too, check it out here! Just leave a comment to win one of the books on the list. :)